In early February 2009, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released a statistical report on eye injuries in Australia. There was a small chapter on eye injuries that occurred in workplaces. Seeing as how the readers of SafetyAtWorkBlog love statistical reports, some of the data is presented below.
For further data, and graphs, it is recommended you download the report.
According to the report, Eye-related injuries in Australia,
A total of 8,640 workers compensation claims with eye injury or disease as the primary diagnosis were contained in the NOSI database for the period July 1999 to June 2005.
Median time lost because of eye injury in total decreased from 2.0 weeks in 2000-01 to 1.6 weeks in 2004-05. In 2004-05, injuries described as ‘eye: other and multiple’ resulted in the longest median time loss (2.0 weeks).